May 23

The European Slat System: Why You Don’t Need a Box Spring


european slatsMany consider a box spring to be an integral part of a bed setup, but the truth is that box springs are very much becoming a thing of the past. They are bulky and cumbersome, not to mention they mean an added expense for your bedroom. Learn about how a European slat system in a bed can help you avoid spending the extra money on a box spring for your bed, and what the advantages are of going without one.

The Slat System Explained

So, how exactly does the European slat system in a bed frame work? Essentially, beds with this feature will have thin, yet sturdy wooden slats laid out along the surface of the bed frame—usually in a dual-sided, two-column-like layout. These slats are kept separated by spacers, yet they can still flex and rotate in response to pressure applied to them. They are designed to be able to give slightly in certain areas where more pressure is applied, while at the same time offering strong support for the mattress without any sagging. In short, the slat system is the European answer to the popular American box spring.


The slat system offers countless advantages to those looking to invest in a new bed. Here are just a few of them.

Reduced Cost

A bed frame with this special feature of course offers the advantage of eliminating the need for a box spring. This means that you can invest more of your money in the bed frame and mattress of your choice.

More Bed Height Flexibility

The slat system can be incorporated into bed frames of any height, and with the need for a box spring eliminated, your mattress can be situated even lower. Many even prefer a lower mattress because it can make a person feel more “grounded.”

Air Circulation

A slat system also offers the unique advantage of allowing air flow directly below the mattress. Air flow is important because it helps to keep a mattress dry, which can actually extend the lifespan of a mattress.

Can Be Modified

It is even possible to modify the suspension of a slat system in order to adapt to changing needs and preferences.

Many of the beds at Copenhagen West feature this unique European slat system built for comfort and convenience. For a look at the wide variety of beds we have to offer, browse the beds on our site, or stop by our store to choose the bed that best suits you and your taste.